Update: Sheldon Brown’s website will continue despite the closure of the bike shop where he worked
The Sheldonbrown.com website will continue to act as an invaluable point of reference for all things bike maintenance, as it has for over two decades now, it has been confirmed.
As we reported on Saturday (see our original post below), some social media users feared the website might go down after news broke that Harris Cyclery, the Boston bike shop where Brown worked until his death in 2008, closed its doors for good last weekend.
We had requested more information, including implications for the site, via the message form on the Sheldonbrown.com website page on Facebook, and indicated that we planned to publish our article on Saturday afternoon, local time. UK, but as mentioned in the article, we had not received a response at the time of publication.
We received a response yesterday afternoon, directing us to a post on the Facebook page asking us to quote him in full, which we are happy to do, and are delighted that Brown’s body of work continues to helping cyclists find the solution to their bike maintenance problems.
Here is what they wrote:
Ah, the twist of the hands. It seems to have started with a post on the road.cc blog by someone who posted a request here but didn’t wait for our response.
Harris Cyclery has closed after a 70-year run, hit hard by pandemic supply issues.
Sheldonbrown.com started when Sheldon worked at Harris Cyclery, and we are very grateful to Harris Cyclery for their support. But, since 2010, sheldonbrown.com
(excluding the /harris pages) has launched its own boat, thanks to online advertising.
We don’t know yet what other affiliation we will be able to find, or if we will go it alone, but you can rest assured. Get on your bike and don’t hesitate to come see us to help you keep it in perfect condition.
Here is our original article:
Concerns over the future of Sheldon Brown’s website as the bike shop where he worked closes
“As always, Sheldon Brown has the answer” – often shortened to AASBHTA – has become a much-used term on cycling forums for nearly three decades whenever someone raises a technical question, but there are fears the website which he developed which acts as a treasure trove of information on all sorts of cycle maintenance topics may disappear following the announcement that the bike shop which houses it, and where Brown worked until his death in 2008, is due to close permanently tomorrow.
We hope Sheldon’s website https://t.co/BudWm7cKRX will continue to be supported despite Harris’ closure. It would be a sad loss for people who take care of their cycles and understand how these amazing machines work. pic.twitter.com/Zy6ERt4ttg
– London Cycling Campaign (@London_Cycling) June 11, 2021
Since Brown died aged 63 from a heart attack – he had previously been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis – his widow, Harriet Fell, and family friend John Allen have maintained the tech pages from Sheldonbrown.com, hosted by Harris Cyclery, whose staff took care of the business pages.
Described in his obituary in The Times as having an “encyclopedic” knowledge of bicycles and how to maintain and repair them, his website – engagingly written and laced with humor – contains all sorts of information and tips for everyone from new to seasoned cyclists. mechanics who refer to it, for example, when they encounter a component that they do not know.
The Boston, Mass. store announced its closure in a statement on its website, saying:
We, Harris Cyclery of West Newton, Mass., arrived at the time to say goodbye. We do it with some sadness, but we also do it without regret. For seventy years, this family business has been serving the cycling community and that makes us happy. We are proud of what our thousands of loyal customers, local and online, have enabled us to accomplish during this time.
Earning the trust of the service buyer and customer in any business can be daunting. But over time, through our activities (school bike safety, police bikes, raffles and community contributions, and many other engagements) and word of mouth, we felt our reputation for value and integrity was part of the Boston cycling world. western suburbs and beyond.
For these successes, we thank our many customers for their trust and support. We are also grateful to the many manufacturer representatives who have supported us as a small business in the trade. And of course, over the years of operation, many smart, creative and dedicated employees have contributed to the vision and helped build the reputation of our store.
So it’s hard to say goodbye, there are so many memories for all of us. But we say keep riding, stay safe. Bye.
I recently used the Sheldon Brown method to transfer my bike to a new bike. Tbh I’m ashamed I didn’t think of it myself, but sometimes it’s so bloody obviously you ignore it. This is where SB’s wealth of experience comes into its own.
— FastOrFarCoaching (@FastOrFar) June 11, 2021
It looks like the https://t.co/A6eHFvtuPI team is backing up the site so the knowledge isn’t completely lost.
— Paul (@designedpluto) June 11, 2021
We’ve messaged the Sheldonbrown.com Facebook page to find out if Harris Cyclery’s closure will affect the website and will let you know their response once we hear from them.